Art styles of India – A signature in Silk

Kancheepuram_SM

 

The silk route
Silk sarees bring alive the beauty of Indian traditions. Known for their soft feel, rich thread work, attractive motifs, they exclusively spell out a rich combination of golden zari borders in contrasting hues contributing to the opulent finish of the fabric. They are an integral part of South Indian weddings and celebrations. The heavy silk saris with rich weave and gold borders are very popular, especially in South India. The handlooms in Kancheepuram are famous for these silk sarees and its known for its softness and durability. Be it the simple contrast border sarees or those with gold zari dots and patterns, the sarees are authentic and elegant with their rare and superior color combinations.

The making of Kancheepuram silks

To weave a saree three shuttles meaning three single threads of silk yarn along with zari are used. This accounts for its durability and luster. While the weaver works on the right side, his aide works on the left side shuttle. The border color and design are usually quite different from the body. If the pallu has to be woven in a different shade, it is first separately woven and then delicately joined to the saree. The joint is woven so strongly that even if the saree tears, the border would not detach. Since the maximum length on a traditional loom is 18-yard warp, it ensures that not more than 3 silk saris can look alike.

Silk_Sari_Weaving_at_Kanchipuram,_Tamil_NaduSource – Wikipedia

Themes and motifs
Earlier, designs were restricted to conservative stripes or gold dots. However, overtime motifs like Sun, moon, chariots, peacocks, parrots, swans, lions, coins, mangoes, leaves are woven into the saree in patterns.While Today, it keeps pace with modern prints the rich and magnificent grandeur continues to lend a festive touch to any occasion. You can even find wedding sarees with rich woven pallu depicting paintings of Raja Ravi Varma or scenes from the great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Check out Cbazaar’s  kancheepuram silk saree collection to see firsthand what’s so exquisite about them. A skilfully rendered technique resulting in refreshingly crisp designs identified by bright colors and mesmerizing patterns. With a wide collection in terms of decorative motifs, fabric colors and weaves, you will find it hard not to find something that will catch your eye.

 

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